In Conversation with Matt McMullen, CEO of Real Doll

Sex-robot maker says you probably won't own his machines

Don't believe the hype. RealDoll's Matt McMullen says this isn't a mass-market product.

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    David Levy, author of Love and Sex with Robots and sensual chatbot champion, claims that sex with humanoid companions will be routine by 2050. Self-proclaimed futurologist, Dr. Ian Pearson recently took that declaration one step further in a report created in conjunction with UK sex shop Bondara, saying human-robot sex will start to eclipse old-fashioned human-on-human sex that same year.

    If all of that wasn't enough to get you hot and bothered about who or what will be handling your genitals in the not-so-distant future, consider the words of futurist Stowe Boyd who posited that sex robots will be a socially derided mainstay just 10 years from now.

    While the sex robot fantasy has existed for more than a century, the conversation around our future fuck buddies has reached fever pitch of late due to the "Campaign Against Sex Robots," a "movement" covered widely by the mainstream media that takes on Levy's assertion that our robo-sex future is bright. Dr Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing of De Montfort University claim that these "robots are potentially harmful and will contribute to inequalities in society."

    We sat down with one of the men working to bring your Stepford fantasies to life at CES 2016. Matt McMullen, founder of RealDoll, says there are far more dangerous AI applications in the works, and believe it or not, he's not looking to create an army of sex bots to replace flesh-and-blood partners.

    Check out our discussion for more insights from the front lines of the next sexual revolution.

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    Before starting at Engadget, Christopher worked in a series of jobs that would make your mother blush. He’s since acted as executive editor of the award-winning digital magazine Distro as well as Engadget.com. His column “Computer Love” explores the weird world of human sexuality in the 21st century. When he’s not writing about sex robots and VR porn, you can find him at the bottom of a martini glass.

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